Easy Air Fryer Katsu Chicken Sandwich

This Air Fryer Katsu Chicken Sandwich is a delicious spin on a traditional Japanese food. This chicken tender Katsu sandwich is super easy to make!

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Air Fryer Katsu Chicken Sandwich

Let me tell you the most at-home dinner request is Chicken Katsu. Whether it be chicken breasts, chicken thighs or chicken tenders.

So I got to thinking about how could I make this Katsu different but still delicious! This Chicken Katsu Sandwich recipe is super easy to make and everyone will be wanting more.

If you want more Chicken Katsu recipes check out this Air Fryer Chicken Katsu Chicken Thighs and this Air Fryer Katsu Chicken Breast Recipe.

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❤️ Why you’ll love this easy air fryer recipe

  • Easy Recipe – This recipe is super easy to follow and with only a few steps dinner will be done in no time.
  • Intro to ethnic cuisines – if you aren’t very adventurous in trying recipes from different cultures, you’ll love this adapted version of a traditional Japanese Chicken Katsu. It’s Americanized and so is the sauce. Using Ingredients that you most likely will have in your kitchen.
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What does Katsu mean?

In Japanese culture, “Katsu” refers to a cutlet of meat that is coated with panko breadcrumbs and then fried. In addition to chicken katsu, you can also make pork or seafood katsu.

If you go to a Japanese restaurant you will most likely see some type of Katsu recipe on the menu since it’s popular in Japanese cuisine.

In Western Culture, we refer to the traditional Japanese sauce that is served with Katsu as “Katsu sauce.” Katsu sauce is a sweet and tangy sauce, similar to a barbecue sauce.

Katsu sauce is traditionally called Tonkatsu sauce. These two names may be used interchangeably depending on where you read or hear them.

Ingredients

For the chicken 

  • Chicken Tenders
  • Egg
  • Milk
  • Panko breadcrumbs
  • Seasonings: salt and black pepper
  • Hamburger buns
ingredient photo for air fryer katsu chicken sandwich

For the Katsu sauce

  • Ketchup
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Soy Sauce
  • Sugar
  • Garlic
katsu sauce ingredients (Worcestershire sauce ketchup, soy sauce, sugar and garlic)

✳️ Tips & Tricks

To ensure that the chicken stays moist, check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer. Once they reach 165F, remove them from the air fryer. Don’t overcook.

Tools to make this Katsu Chicken Sandwich in the Air Fryer

  • Cosori Air Fryer – this is my favorite air fryer. The large air fryer basket makes it so easy to cook your favorite recipes
  • Tongs – tongs are easiest to remove and flip the chicken
  • Meat thermometer – You always want to make sure the internal temperature of ANY chicken 165F.

How to make this Air Fryer Katsu Chicken Sandwich

  1. In one mixing bowl add the egg and milk and whisk.
  2. In another mixing bowl add the panko bread crumbs, salt, and black pepper.
  3. Submerge the chicken into the beaten egg mixture then transfer to the panko bread crumbs. Make sure you coat both sides.
  4. Transfer the chicken breast to Air Fryer in a single layer and spray the top with avocado oil.
  5. Cook at 390F for 9 minutes.
  6. Once the timer goes off, flip the chicken and spray the top with avocado oil. Place back inside the Air Fryer and cook for another 9 minutes.
  7. Remove from the air fryer and transfer to a plate.
  8. Pour your katsu sauce on top of the chicken. Place chicken on the hamburger buns
  9. Serve and enjoy!

How to make homemade Tonkatsu Sauce (KATSU SAUCE)

  1. Add all of the ingredients into a small mixing bowl and mix together with a whisk.

How to make Katsu Chicken in the oven

  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. In a shallow bowl add the egg and milk and whisk.
  3. In another mixing bowl add the panko bread crumbs, salt, and black pepper.
  4. Submerge the chicken into the egg wash then transfer to the panko bread crumbs. Make sure you coat both sides.
  5. Transfer the chicken breast to a cooking sheet and spray the top with avocado oil.
  6. Cook for 20-22 minutes flipping halfway through.
  7. Remove from oven once the chicken is golden brown. For best results, let the chicken rest for 3-5 minutes before cutting.
  8. Pour the katsu sauce over the top.
  9. Serve with hamburger buns and enjoy!

Substitutions

  • If you don’t have chicken tenders you can take a boneless skinless chicken breast and cut it up into chicken strips.
  • If you don’t have Panko crumbs, you can use Italian bread crumbs or regular bread crumbs. The chicken just won’t come out light and crispy. You can also use a store-bought Katsu sauce if you don’t want to make your own.
  • If you eat pork, you could even use pork cutlets, but on this blog, we love to make juicy chicken recipes.
  • As for the cooking spray, I tend you only use avocado oil. I have this spray bottle where you just add your own avocado oil. That way there are no additives. Just plain avocado oil.
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What to serve with Air Fryer Katsu Chicken Sandwich

My favorite thing to serve chicken katsu with is white rice and to top it with homemade katsu sauce. It’s also traditionally paired with shredded cabbage.

If you make extra katsu chicken you can also serve it over a salad.

How to store

  • Store leftovers in an airtight glass container for up to 5 days.

♨️ How to reheat

Remove the lid from the container and microwave on high for 1 to 1.5 minutes or until chicken is warm. Alternatively you can transfer to a microwave save plate to warm up.

If you want to warm this up in your air fryer, cook it for 2-3 minutes at 400F.

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❓FAQs

Does panko work in air fryer?

Yes, Panko works perfectly in the air fryer.

Is chicken katsu the same as fried chicken?

Chicken katsu is Japanese-style fried chicken.

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Air Fryer Katsu Chicken Sandwich

This Air Fryer Katsu Chicken Sandwich is a delicious dinner option with a Japanese twist to it. This chicken sandwich is super easy to make!
5 from 50 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Japanese
Servings 2
Calories 191 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

For the chicken

  • 4 pieces Chicken tenders
  • 1 Egg Large
  • 1 tbsp Milk
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Black pepper
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs

For the sauce

  • 1 tbsp Ketchup
  • 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp Soy sauce
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • 1 clove Garlic Minced

Instructions
 

  • In one mixing bowl add the egg and milk and whisk.
  • In another mixing bowl add the panko bread crumbs, salt, and black pepper.
  • Submerge the chicken into the beaten egg mixture then transfer to the panko bread crumbs. Make sure you coat both sides.
  • Transfer the chicken breast to Air Fryer in a single layer and spray the top with avocado oil.
  • Cook at 390F for 9 minutes.
  • Once the timer goes off, flip the chicken and spray the top with avocado oil. Place back inside the Air Fryer and cook for another 9 minutes.
  • Remove from the air fryer and transfer to a plate.
  • Pour your katsu sauce on top of the chicken. Place chicken on the hamburger buns
  • Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 191kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 9gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 1464mgPotassium: 191mgFiber: 2gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 175IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 88mgIron: 2mg
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